Washington, DC – PITAPOLICY is glad to attend the Foundation for Defending Democracy (FDD) at the Newseum Building. The theme was “Dictators & Dissidents”: Should the “West” Choose Sides? (PITAPOLICY is still perplexed by the term ‘West’ and further perplexed by premises behind the question, by the way.) Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, former US Permanent Representative to the United Nations did not deliver his address “Lessons from the Front Lines”. Instead we heard remarks by US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford, who discussed the US support for the Free Syria Army. The upside: PITAPOLICY received a response back from the State Department regarding holding Assad regime accountable for human rights abuses via Twitter: StatePRM 2:38pm via Web
We hope that Department of State will make good on this promise…
We are happy to provide further comments and analysis via PITAPOLICY Consulting, LLC. Please send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, here was the agenda. Selected tweets that highlight the panels follow.
- Opening Remarks by James Woolsey, Chairman of FDD & Former Director of Central Intelligence Agency
- Islamists & Elections: Where do They Lead? – Reuel Marc Gerecht, FDD; Brian Katulis, Center for American Progress; Rob Satloff, Washington Institute for Near East Policy; Bret Stephens, The Wall Street Journal)
- Iran’s Human Rights Record
- Keynote Remarks by Ambassador Robert Ford, U.S. Ambassador to Syria
- What’s Next for Syria?
- Congressional Remarks by Senator Bob Casey (Democrat, Pennsylvania) & Representative Ed Roce (Republican, California)
- The Arab Spring: Nonproliferation Risks & Opportunities
- Conversation between FDD President Clifford May & Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Award recipients [Senator Jon Kyl (Republican, Arizona) & Senator Joseph Liberman (Independent, Connecticut)]
- Keynote Address by David Cohen, US Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial INtelligence
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